Fabulous Food at Ranoush in St. Louis

by Robyn Wright on December 12, 2012

in Food,St. Louis

Today I met my friend Jennifer for lunch at Ranoush, a Syrian restaurant here in St. Louis. We went to the location on Delmar, and there is another in Kirkwood. WOW! I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful the food and service was here at Ranoush.

Ranoush - Traditional Mezza for Two which has Falfel, kibbeh, tabbouleh, fatayer, hummus, baba ganoush, warak inab, moutabal, those gorgeous pink pickles

ranoush baklava

Doesn’t that all look good? Jennifer and I decided to get the “Traditional Mezza for Two” which has Falfel, kibbeh, tabbouleh, fatayer, hummus, baba ganoush, warak inab, moutabal, those gorgeous pink pickles, and it is served with fresh pita. I labeled the same plate below so you knew what was what.

Some of these items I have had before, but the flavor at Ranoush is outstanding! Hummus is probably what I eat the most often and this was creamy and smooth but with just the right flavor to it and some extra whole chickpeas sprinkled on top. The baba ganoush was heavenly. The tabbouleh was so fresh and was great mixed with either the hummus or baba ganoush and spread on the pita. I was really unsure about those pink pickles. I want to say they were pickled onions, but I am not 100% positive, whatever pickled veggie it was had a great bright flavor that went really well against the creaminess and/or fried other items on the plate. The falafel was the best I have ever had. Most of the falafel I have tried is pretty dry and usually a bit blah – this was nothing like that! It was not wet, but definitely moister than most in a good way and had a fabulous flavor which I am assuming is from fresh herbs because it had a green tint to it inside. The kibbeh has meat inside and also packed a lot of flavor, not just texture. Our fatayer was stuffed with cheese – what could be wrong with that? The warak inab I liked the stuffing inside very much, a nice bright flavor, but I am not a fan of the actual leaves that are the wrapper – this is something I already knew though, it’s a texture thing. Jennifer really liked all of the warak inab though. The only thing I did not care for was the moutabal – but again that was a Robyn thing as it had fresh green pepper in it (raw) which I never like to eat. I did taste it though and it really was very fresh and light tasting. Just lovely!

During the meal the staff was so friendly and helpful. Just wonderfully nice guys who really seemed to go out of there way to make everyone feel very welcome in their restaurant. At the end of our meal our server brought us over a plate with baklava and said ‘even though you both are already sweet enough, here you are”. He said it in a really nice way too, not corny. The baklava was fabulous – not that super sugary kind at all. This had just enough sweetness and was so fresh. Ohhh, my mouth is watering again just talking about all of this food!

If you are in St. Louis I highly recommend Ranoush! Thank you Jennifer for sharing it with me. The only thing better than the food and service today was spending time chatting with you my friend!

Ranoush - Traditional Mezza for Two which has Falfel, kibbeh, tabbouleh, fatayer, hummus, baba ganoush, warak inab, moutabal, those gorgeous pink pickles

Click to make this image bigger to read it easier.

Disclosure: None – I went there just as a regular person but wanted to share this wonderful find with everyone!

© 2012, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • Jennifer

    What a wonderful lunch. Glad you enjoyed. People here are so nice . . .thanks for the great review. I’m sure they will appreciate it. Boy your camera takes great pics!

  • Margie

    The food does look delicious! I always enjoy ethnic restaurants. We have a couple of favorite Vietnamese ones in our area.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com Robyn Wright

      I would like to try some Vietnamese food – going to have to find someone in St. Louis to point out if we have some here to try. I’m sure we must.

  • Jane

    Love to share ethnic dishes in the city going to use an app I learned from the verizon chats to find one here

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com Robyn Wright

      Yay! Any particular app you like best for that? I tend to use Foodspotting and Yelp a lot to find interesting spots.

  • Katherine

    Looks scrumptuous Makes me want to hop on a plane for St. Louis

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com Robyn Wright

      Come on in to town – I’ll pick you up at the airport and we will head straight for Ranoush!

  • http://historyinculture.wordpress.com Robin O

    Sounds delicious! We don’t have a Syrian restaurant nearby, but I do like hummus and baba ganoush at Mediterranean eateries. Nice review!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com Robyn Wright

      Thanks Robin!

  • Ravzie

    I go to a Lebanese restaurant that has the same items. Yummers, I can eat and eat. But do I have garlic breath for days, LOL. My favorite is the baba ganosh. You can get hummus anywhere, but not the eggplant version.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com Robyn Wright

      This baba ganosh was SO good – it had more flavor than any I have ever had and a great texture. The garlic breath doesn’t bother me LOL – I have garlic on/with everything!

  • http://www.fotomacro.etsy.com angie

    nom nom nom nom nom! love love love this kind of food. As a vegetarian, it is one of my fav ethnic foods too because so much of it is vegetarian. Looks wonderful!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com Robyn Wright

      They have a strictly vegetarian platter also Angie. Plus on the menu they note which items are vegetarian friendly and vegan friendly.

      • http://www.fotomacro.etsy.com angie

        fantastic!

  • http://www.superdumbsupervillain.com Naomi

    Whoa! That looks amazing. I’ve never had fatayer before, I’ll have to look for it.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com Robyn Wright

      It was really good Naomi. The fatayer you can get stuffed with meats or spinach or cheese (we had cheese).

  • Earen Hummel

    That looks delicious! I must go try it out. I am still fairly new to StL and have so much to explore.

  • Ashley

    My mouth is actually watering

  • Danai

    I am adding Ranoush to my list of place to try in StL. We come down (over) twice a year for Six Flags.

  • Julie

    Sounds like it was a lot of fun

  • http://brokenwon.blogspot.com Wendy T

    I had something similar to the pink pickled thing you had recently. I loved what I had so much! I asked the waiter what it was, because I could not for the life of me figure it out. It was pickled cabbage. Highly recommend it.

  • Julie

    The Traditional Mezza sounds delicious! I love Falfel and hummus. Baklava is one of my go to sweets because there are so many different varieties of baklava. I personally love the ones with walnuts and almonds.

  • Sert

    The warak sounds interesting. Never heard of ranoush before.

  • GlArthy

    I must say they are all foreign to me but that meal looks good and I am sure tasty too!

  • http://twitter.com/jnbwrs Nancy Bowers

    The pictures look delicious! Too bad I am so far away!
    njb414 at gmail dot com

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